Along with the many familiar superhero faces we’ll be seeing on the movie theaters this year (Superman, Batman, Iron Man and Captain America) there are some upcoming film releases that will introduce us to other less known superheroes that are making their big screen debut in 2016.
Among those will be Marvel’s feature film about Doctor Stephen Vincent Strange, best known under his superhero alias Doctor Strange.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Strange, he is a former doctor that serves as the Sorcerer Supreme, the primary protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats.
The film is being directed by Scott Derrickson with a screenplay by Jon Spaihts and C. Robert Cargill, and stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Stephen Strange, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Karl Mordo a former student of the Ancient One, along with Strange and Rachel McAdams who will play a surgeon who works with Strange in the present, but she’s also a prominent figure from his past.
During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Marvel executive Kevin Feige said that they were really impressed with Cumberbatch’s acting skills and were keen on getting him even before he catapulted to fame.
“He was someone that we were very interested in for a very long time,” said Feige. “(But) he kept getting more and more popular! Which is not (essential) for us. Chris Pratt was not popular when we cast him in ‘Guardians’ (of the Galaxy). That’s not a prerequisite needed for us casting (someone).”
So far very little about the film has been revealed, besides the fact that the story of the film begins after Stephen Strange, the world’s top neurosurgeon, is injured in a car accident that ruins his career. So he sets out on a journey of healing, where he encounters the Ancient One.
Due to the secrecy surrounding the role of Rachel McAdams, some fans have speculated that she could be playing the Night Nurse, or the alter ego of the comic book character Linda Carter who had a penchant for taking care of injured superheroes.
Joining the star studded cast are Michael Stuhlbarg as Nicodemus West: A rival scientist to Strange, Mads Mikkelse a sorcerer who breaks off into his own sect” from the Ancient One, and Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One a mystic from a foreign land who becomes Strange’s mentor and is training pupils to be the next sorcerer supreme. Interestingly Marvel Studios rethought the role for the film and made it female.
As for what to expect, Director Derrickson says that “Doctor Strange” is set to be a “mind-trip action film” with the film featuring the magic realm alongside Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme.
The element of magic is said to set Derrickson’s film apart from other Marvel films, which mostly featured action and combat skills.
Doctor Strange is scheduled to be released on November 4, 2016 in IMAX.
The film serves as one of Marvel’s “Phase 3” films, along with Joe Russo and Anthony Russo’s “Captain America: Civil War,” Jon Watts’ “Spider-Man,” and “Black Panther”.